You don’t have to travel to a magical land of ponies to see greatness in today’s story.
[Adventure] [Comedy] • 11,594 words
Pinkie has one month to throw a party that’s out of this world. Which is exactly where she’ll receive the training she needs.
Can she brave the trials of artistic integrity, heavy rainfall, an actual literal gun, and thinking too hard about why she went to Equestria in the first place?
FROM THE CURATORS: One of the things that makes fanfiction great is the way that it pushes beyond the safe and familiar in order to explore more unusual ideas — a quality on full display with Partyquest‘s gentle merging of polar opposites. “As Aragon pointed out in the results post for the ‘Comedy Is Serious Business’ contest, this makes good on its daring decision to mix some genuine drama in with its out-and-out silliness,” Horizon said, and the story won curator praise on both sides of that spectrum. “This is a fic that does everything just right,” Soge said. “The drama feels impactful and gives the whole thing some real weight, characterizations are well done and very well utilized, and, most importantly, the comedy really hits home.”
Our praise for the story, however, extended much farther than its tonal balancing act. “I have a soft spot for EqG humans in Equestria, but this does far more with the concept than simply have technicolor apes be tourists in Horseland,” FanOfMostEverything said in his nomination. “It characterizes everyone involved with pitch-perfect precision, doing more with Somnambula in particular than literally any other ponyfic I’ve read.” FOME wasn’t the only one appreciating the characters. “Party Favor’s hard-boiled noir narrator shtick is amazing, Somnambula’s excitement over modern Equestria is adorable, and Cheese Sandwich demonstrates why party ponies are so important to Equestria,” Present Perfect said. “But it’s that golden nugget of Pinkie’s insecurity and self-doubts that makes this story work.” And that character work reinforced the comedy, Soge said: “Sci-Twi and Human Pinkie make for a great comedic duo, the situations are clever, the pacing is brisk, and even the referential humor was well realized (like the Blazing Saddles nod).”
That all added up to a story that impressed us on many levels. “Much like the best presentations of Pinkie, there’s solid substance under the fun fluff,” FanOfMostEverything said. Horizon agreed, citing some of the standout moments: “This does an exemplary job making gags out of the little details (‘funslingers’, Sci-Twi’s post-pointing faceplant, etc), and gets some solid running gags in like Twilight’s various book titles,” he said. “With all its laugh-out-loud moments mixed into the consistent cleverness, it’s easy to see why this was one of the contest winners.”
Read on for our author interview, in which R5h discusses filthy hobos, Camden cars, and recursively horsey horsewomen.